Mar 7, 2015 at 3pm UK at ​Ricoh Arena
CoventryCoventry City
Port Vale
O'Brien (4'), Odelusi (70')
O'Brien (75')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Pope (40'), Marshall (45'), O'Connor (76')
Dickinson (15'), Inniss (36')

Result: Port Vale win League One thriller thanks to Michael O'Connor winner

Result: Port Vale win League One thriller
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Port Vale beat Coventry 3-2 in a thrilling encounter in League One.

Port Vale won by a single goal in a thrilling League One encounter against Coventry City this afternoon.

Two goals from Tom Pope and Mark Marshall gave Port Vale the lead, after Jim O'Brien scored the opener. Sanmi Odelusi then equalised in the second half, but Michael O'Connor ensured that the visitors return home with three points.

Coventry took the lead within four minutes as O'Brien scored his fifth goal of the club with a long-range effort into the bottom left corner of the net.

Dominic Samuel's shot was saved by Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal in the 18th minute.

Coventry dominated possession in the early stages of the match, and it took until the 22nd minute for Port Vale to threaten when Ben Williamson failed to hit the target from long range.

Veteran midfielder Marcus Tudgay failed to test Neal on the half-hour mark, before Tom Pope missed a header for the visitors.

The match was delayed due to an injury to Ryan Inniss, before Samuel saw his shot blocked with nine minutes of the first half remaining.

Pope scored the equaliser in the 40th minute, directing the ball into the net from six yards out.

Mark Marshall gave Port Vale the lead on the verge of half time, striking into the bottom-left corner.

Aaron Phillips and John Fleck both had shots blocked at the start of the second half, while Pope and Byron Moore failed to score for Vale.

Marshall could not add a second, as his shot was saved by Lee Burge.

Sanmi Odelusi equalised in the 70th minute, striking into the bottom left corner after a quick counter-attack.

The match was level for just six minutes as Michael O'Connor gave Port Vale the lead once more, directing a free kick into the bottom right corner.

Samuel and Luke Williams missed chances to equalise in the final 10 minutes.

The result means that Coventry remain worryingly close to the relegation zone while Port Vale rise to 11th.

 Tom Pope of Port Vale in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Port Vale at Sixfields Stadium on March 16, 2014
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